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Thursday, January 29, 2009

We've Moved!!! Blog now at TheDigitalLifestyle.tv

Finally! Our blog has moved to our homepage at www.TheDigitalLifestyle.tv. Please update your bookmarks to point there!

ABC News App For the iPhone and iPod Touch

There are plenty of ways to get local and national news on your iPhone. Kudos to ABC News for their ABC News iPhone App. Sure, it gives you headlines like most news/RSS sites, but the real advantage to this application is the video capability. Same day clips are available from several ABC shows, and I'm partial to the Tech Bytes segments.

The app also gives you local weather and news/emergency alerts. Take a look:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Design / Blog Location Coming Soon

A quick note that things might get a little bumpy around here over the next 24 hours or so: We're migrating the site and the blog to a new location. We're looking forward to your feedback on the new look this week!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Apple doesn't make the Fortune 100 best companies to work for 2009 list

I'm not sure I agree with Fortune's list which can be found here. Having worked for the Cupertino company, I can say that in all categories judged by Fortune - Apple has strong marks. Employees, Apple has over 32,000 world wide. First place has 7,853. It doesn't look like Fortune uses a more is better formula for this statistic which brings into question why it's listed there.

Lets look at the 2nd stat. Job growth and applicants. There's no way to know about this, but I'm sure Apple has vastly more applicants than openings seeing it did make the Fortune most admired list ranking in first place.

The 3rd stat is pay. Again I can't speak with any certainty, but Apple was quite fair with it's salaries of corporate employees.

The 4th stat is benefits. Apple had pleanty. There was the subsidized gym, stock purchase plan, great healthcare options . . . everything you'd expect from an industry leader.

I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that Apple has all the right stuff based on the categories listed in the report so I have to assume Fortune is basing it's rankings off something else entirely. Unfortunately Fortune hasn't identified what that is. I wonder why they've left Apple off the list . . . again.

TDL Live This week: (1/26-2/6)

It was another raucous edition of TDL Live last night. We talked about breastfeeding photos, Palm Pre, femtocell, and of course all things Apple. First, a quick reminder, you can subscribe through iTunes to never miss an episode. Or you can hope its one of the weeks we remember to post it here in the blog. Don't risk it.

Hydro Tilt for iPhone and iPod Touch Review

I was always a big fan of Marble Madness in the arcade, and at first I thought Hydro Tilt was sort of a Marble Madness clone. I was wrong. It is far more focused on the puzzle aspect of getting your water drop (that can also turn to steam and ice, as needed) from point a to point b.

Essentially, you need to change form at the right time to cross certain bridges/shoots, etc, turn into the frozen cube, and get that cube back to a specific place on the game board. At first I was annoyed by the on-screen directions, but those are there in the first rounds to let you know what's going on. ( A great reason for directions, I suppose...)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Video Interview with Pandora Founder Tim Westergren

Last year, Pandora released it's iPhone app, and quite possibly changed internet "radio" forever. Suddenly personalized radio, previously only available to the masses on computers, was free from any Mac or PC, and in the wild.

I had a chance to talk to Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora, about the effect the iPhone app has had on the company (spoiler: it now accounts for 15% of daily listening) and the dark days last fall as internet broadcasters were facing a potentially game-ending music royalty hike.

Enjoy, and my apologies for the bad video quality. (That might be another blog post all in itself.) Also, to put this in context, the interview took place prior to the launch of the Palm Pre, another device aimed at massive adoption that sports a Pandora client.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Crazy Tanks for the iPhone and iPod Touch Review

If you remember the classic "Combat" game that shipped with millions of Atari 2600's, then you'll already know the basic idea behind Crazy Tanks. You pilot a tank, and have to shoot enemy tanks and gun positions. Tapping anywhere on the screen allows you to fire, while the radar in the bottom right corner shows the relative positions of enemies, as well as health bonuses, multi-shot upgrades, etc.

Unfortunately, you never see much of that battleground at any given time, and the lack of visibility makes the game more frustrating than it would be otherwise. There are worse ways to spend 99 cents in the app store, and with just a few tweaks, this could be a top game in my book. Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

CNN Celebrates The Birthday of the Mac

See Apple, it's okay to acknowledge your past. Today CNN's iReport section is askingfor photos of your vintage Mac. This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Macintosh, and all indications are that Apple will let the milestone come and go without any fanfare. It's quite a difference compared to the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (which was released on the 20th anniversary of the company, not of the Mac.)

So send your Mac stories to CNN. And better yet, share them with the Mac community in the comments below as well.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Recession? What Recession? Apple Has Record Quarter

Apple's quarterly results are out, and they are staggering. Here's the full rundown, but the short story is, it was a record quarter for profit. A record quarter. Now. WOW!

Apple Tax Out of Control?

We saw this image over on Digg and thought it was worth a quick post. We haven't check these specs ourselves, but if true the so-called Apple tax is truly out of hand. With Q109 results due today, it will be interesting to see how the poor economy and Apple's unwillingness to budge on price effected their sales.

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